Meet our Board of Directors

Marilyn Dyer

President

Marilyn played an integral role in the development St. Paul’s Center and was a founding board member. Marilyn is a very active volunteer leader and has organized various Center fundraising events. She works as the Executive Assistant to a New York State Senator and is well versed in the legislative process. She brings to the Center a deep passion for service to vulnerable families in the Capital Region.

Jennifer Rexius

Vice President

Director of Catering with the Albany Marriott, Jennifer is a Leadership Tech Valley graduate, bringing eight years of Board experience and organizational and planning skills. “Helping the homeless and those in need has been on my heart a great deal and led me to seek out ways to get involved. I have been blessed in countless ways and feel that my talents are being called to serve my community alongside the people of St. Paul’s Center.”

Mary MacKrell

Treasurer

Mary MacKrell is a partner with LSC&Z, LLP, a local CPA and consulting firm. She has served for more than 10 years as the treasurer of the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls and is a board member of Wildwood Programs. Mary’s keen eye and compassionate leadership have been a driving force in St. Paul's Center’s efforts to broaden its services to benefit homeless families in Rensselaer.

Nicole Kirk

Secretary

Nicole is a special education teacher with the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District with priceless experience working with youth. “As a former St. Paul’s Center volunteer, I have seen the positive impact the Center has on women and children. As Secretary, I bring that experience and the perspective of an educator with special education, family involvement and cultural competence experience to the Board.” 

Patricia Birch

Director

Trish is a faculty member of Hudson Valley Community College and an experienced social worker. She is fully aware of how best practice models impact an agency’s effectiveness – in particular when it comes to homelessness, generational poverty, and addressing the effect the trauma of homelessness has on children. Trish’s knowledge, dedication and enthusiasm shine brightly.

Patricia Cannistraci

Director

Physical health and well-being are low on the priority list for people experiencing homelessness. Patti’s desire to serve the whole person, including health and well-being, is central to who she is and what she brings as a board member. Patti provides visionary and innovative leadership to her position as Dean for Samaritan Hospital’s School of Nursing and she eagerly shares those leadership qualities with the Center.

James Gumaer

Director

Before retirement, Jim was Director of Community Services for Montgomery County, Associate Executive Director of the NYS Rehabilitation Association, and prior to that, managed a sheltered employment program. Jim is familiar with the needs of people who are mentally ill, disabled, and addicted, and worked on homelessness issues for many years. Jim’s leadership and practical experience have enabled the Center’s growth in serving more families in impactful ways.

Janet Hiser

Director

With years of administration, development, communication, and marketing experience under her belt, Janet’s contribution to St. Paul’s Center and the homeless families we serve is felt in many ways. She brings her valuable knowledge and professional experience to the Board of Directors. “I find the Center’s mission to be truly compelling and serving an important need in our community. I love contributing my experience and expertise to advance that mission.”

Linda Mappes

Director

As a social worker with a long history of passionate service to those in need, especially as the former Executive Director of Vanderheyden Hall and a consultant to the non-profit sector, Ms. Mappes brings a wealth of first-hand experience and knowledge to St. Paul’s Center. “Through my involvement with St. Paul’s Center, I feel I can make a difference in a way that is meaningful to me, impactful to the families we serve, and can address a societal concern within our community.”

David Moore

Director

David is Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer. He has an MBA and Master of Divinity, and his experience in administrative leadership, development, and communication is broad and deep. Pastor Moore’s church has been very supportive of St. Paul’s Center. Since its organization in 1823, the First Presbyterian Church of Rensselaer has had warm relationships with other faith communities, including St. Paul’s Lutheran. “We are grateful for their facility re-purposing as a homeless shelter for women and children.”

Margaret Naughton

Director

Maggie has experience in hospitality management, non-profits, and for-profit leadership. She has dedicated many volunteer hours serving the families in shelter, especially the children. She collects Halloween costumes each October, arranged for families to attend the Yankee Doodle Circus, and makes candy apples with the kids. She has also organized drives for cleaning products, sells holiday wreaths to everyone she comes across, and rallies everyone she knows to support the Center.

Ginny O'Brien

Director

When it comes to dedication to community, few rise to Ginny’s level of involvement. She was a member of the East Greenbush Town Board, minority leader of the Rensselaer County Legislature, is a member of St. Michael’s Church Social Justice Committee and Parish Council, and is a Trustee of Catholic Charities. These opportunities have expanded Ginny’s network and made her a successful realtor with Coldwell Banker. Ginny brings to the Center her boundless energy and a huge heart.

Robert Romaker

Director

Bob is a Managing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society in Albany. He has a BA in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Ohio State University and obtained his JD from the University of Toledo. As a Managing Attorney, he supervises housing and foreclosure attorneys. He lives in Loudonville with his wife, Jane Ann, and their five children. With Bob comes humor, compassion and a deep understanding of the injustices of poverty.

Fatima M. Sorbo

Director

With a great deal of experience and interest in program development, compliance, and quality assurance, Fatima is dedicated to directing her many talents to help homeless families. Fatima has made it her personal mission to better understand the impact of poverty on families and to apply that knowledge in ways that are respectful and impactful. Fatima is in private practice working in the area of family and marital law.

Tenika Wilcox

Director

Tenika is a teacher, founder of United Sisters of New York, a manager of Her Temple Monologues, and a Character Education Facilitator. She has been recognized as an honoree of the YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program for providing young adults with life skill training. Tenika is dedicated to supporting personal growth among women and is ready to put her knowledge and compassion to work.

Interested in joining our Board?

Please fill out our Board Member Application. Our staff will reach out following your application’s review.